Máiría Cahill


Máiría Cahill is a former Irish Senator and Councillor. At the age of sixteen she was abused by a member of the IRA and waived anonymity in 2014. This led to a furore in the Irish media and debates in Dáil Éireann and the Northern Irish Assembly, culminating in an investigation by Sir Keir Starmer and the NI Police Ombudsman, resulting in apologies from the DPP and PSNI Chief Constable. Cahill writes a political opinion column for the Sunday Independent, has written for the Belfast Telegraph and Fortnight Magazine, and regularly appears as a media commentator. She has been described as “a force to be reckoned with” by former Taoiseach Enda Kenny and “incredibly courageous” by former Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson. Cahill lives in Northern Ireland.